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Knowing where you came from

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

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Announcements

TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS AT WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE/MIT

Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level.

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Podcast

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May 17, 2018

AudioHelicase podcast: Iain Cheeseman discusses cell division and what can happen when it goes wrong

Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.


BLOG

Whitehead Member David Bartel attending a lecture during his lab's 25th reunion

October 29, 2018

A Long Legacy in RNA Discovery

Celebrating 25 years of David Bartel’s lab at Whitehead Institute

In the News

November 27, 2018

Uncovering the “must-haves” of tissue regeneration

Biological program triggered by large injuries not required for regeneration, Whitehead Institute team finds



Illustration of observatory focused on DNA constellation

novemBER 15, 2018

ACTIVATING A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF GENE REGULATION

A previously mysterious part of transcription factors, the activation domain, plays a key role in forming phase separated "droplets" that concentrate proteins required for transcription near genes

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Illustration of a hand assembling a brain jigsaw puzzle

OCTOBER 29, 2018

HEART-HEALTHY PLANT CHEMISTRY

A novel genomic approach helps identify medicinal compounds in plants.

   


Illustration of a hand assembling a brain jigsaw puzzle

OCTOBER 9, 2018

ONLY IN YOUR HEAD

Researchers uncover how a ubiquitously expressed mutation causes a brain-specific disorder.

  

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